loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline was launched February 8, 2007 by the National Domestic Violence Hotline. This 24-hour national Web-based and telephone resource was created to help teens (ages 13-18) experiencing dating abuse, and is the only helpline in the country serving all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In addition to the telephone hotline there is also a live chat option, which allows teens to connect to trained peer advocates via the web. loveisrespect peer advocates are trained to offer crisis intervention, advocacy, and information and referrals.
The Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women supported the launch of the helpline. Acting Director Mary Beth Buchanan attended the launch of the helpline and was the first caller.
Cards with the number for the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline are available to schools and organizations at no charge from Jennifer Ann's Group.
In a study released by the organization in 2007, it was found that technology is often used as a tool in teen dating violence. Nearly one in four teens communicated hourly with his or her partner by cell phone or text messaging between midnight and 5 a.m.
Featured on loveisrespect's website, www.loveisrespect.org, is the Teen Dating Bill of Rights, a set of affirmations and pledges for teens reflecting the importance of awareness of dating abuse and the need for young people to take a stand and nurture healthy relationships.
Teen Dating Bill of Rights
I have the right: - To always be treated with respect. - To be in a healthy relationship. - To not be hurt physically or emotionally. - To refuse sex or affection at anytime. - To have friends and activities apart from my boyfriend or girlfriend. - To end a relationship.
I pledge to: - Always treat my boyfriend or girlfriend with respect. - Never hurt my boyfriend or girlfriend physically, verbally, or emotionally. - Respect my girlfriend's or boyfriend's decisions concerning sex and affection. - Not be controlling or manipulative in my relationship. - Accept responsibility for myself and my actions.
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